Have you ever wondered how to get kids to listen? How to get through to them when they are so engaged with their own issues, are distracted away from you, don’t give you a second thought of what you think are your valuable teachings and your precious words?
Seems to me, being able to teach mindfulness to children would be an act of compassion for the teacher as well as the children, but
“Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices,” said Larochette. “We tell kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do that.”
In this inspirational piece by Katrina Schwartz, she talks about why it is important to take the time to teach/learn self-compassion: seems to me this is good for everyone, but indeed would be essential for traumatized people, young and old:
Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness
with a cool video and people writing comments and their own experiences at the end of the article: